The director of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Division of Occupational Medicine delivered a presentation during a recent meeting of the Self Insurance Institute of America.
In a study of the Louisiana workers' comp system, Bernacki and his team looked at 8,301 claims in the Louisiana Workers' Compensation Corporation, which occurred between 1998 and 2002 and were closed by Dec. 31, 2006.
The claims were stratified into the risk categories of minor claims, migrated catastrophic claims, false catastrophic claims, and true catastrophic claims. They ultimately determined that the cost-intensive physicians comprised 3.8 percent of the physicians but were responsible for 72 percent of the costs.
August 5, 2013
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